ADO Ladies 1 v 0 Beerschot
On Friday night ADO ladies took on Beerschot of Belgium in the BeNe league top division. After not picking up three points from the last two games the ADO ladies were looking forward to getting back in action against the side currently at the bottom of the league table and who had conceded more goals than anybody else this campaign. A win was vital if ADO were to still have any serious chance of challenging for the title. If other results went ADO’s way they could be in second place.
The match was in the end a frustrating affair. The weather was cold and windy, the crowd small and the match did not live up top much. It was a game dominated by ADO for eight seven minutes. They controlled the play and the tempo, unfortunately for some reason they were not launching their usual amount of attacks. I think I know the reason for this. It is amazing how you do not see how much a player influences the team. Yet team captain Lucienne Reichardt was out injured. The loss of the leader showed as far too many times ADO wasted time passing the ball around the defence and back to the keeper. There was a drive missing, proving Reichardt is indeed a true leader as she was certainly missed.
Jansen who was made the captain for the game produced some silky skills that got her away from her markers time and time again.
ADO had chances but the game was dull. ADO was by far the better team. Their passing was better and more accurate. The interplay was smooth but on Friday they suffered the same as the men’s team so often do, missing the final ball to kill off the opposition.
Changes were made at half time by ADO yet the play stayed the same. Neither goal keeper was called into any major action. Moudou and Jansen kept pushing forward. The defence was solid as a rock, v/d Bulk, Worm, Nooij and Yvette van der Veen fought so hard to prevent any forward play by Beerschot.
Beerschot mostly resorted to playing the long ball forward; this was easy for ADO’s strong backline to deal with.
ADO got the vital goal in the sixtieth minute, the ball finding its way to Renate Jansen from a pass by Beerensteyn; Jansen calmly took the ball clear of the keeper and defenders to place the ball into the back of the net, 1-0.
ADO stayed in command until the final minutes of the game when they almost threw the three points away. Lorsheyd was called upon to make a great save in the dying seconds. Beerschot had a shot that missed the post by millimeters. ADO almost even scored an own goal when a cross was sliced over the crossbar. The final moments were real heart in mouth, and the relief was clear when the referee blew for full time.
It was a game ADO clearly deserved to win, yet the goal difference could have been greatly improved. Maybe it was the lack of points from the previous two games that had effected them, or was it just the missing captain? But three points is three points, so all is now set for next Saturday’s huge match in Belgium when ADO ladies travel to league leaders and favourites for the title Standard Liege.
Woman of the match: Renate Jansen took the captains armband and showed great skills throughout, plus the vital goal.